Call to Action Items #1 (“Fill in the Blanks”), #4 (“In My Back Yard”) and #5 (“Parks for People”), focus on documenting important local and urban resources, and making communities more aware of the important history that surrounds them even in our dense and diverse neighborhoods.

The National Park Service’s Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) helps lead the use of GIS, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing technologies in historic preservation within the National Park system as well as with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO).

Working with the National Capital Region Cultural Landscapes program, CRGIS is using geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) to fully explore the circle of Civil War defenses around Washington, DC. In exploiting these new technologies, the unique features of the fortifications can be recorded in much greater detail than previously available and bring a new perspective to our understanding of them. These smaller National Park units tucked into urban areas are often underutilized by the public but nonetheless tell an important story.

Documentation produced as part of the project in 2012 will become part of the National Capital Region collection that will inform the Cultural Landscapes Inventory and reports produced as well as the Historic American Landscapes Survey collection transmitted to the Library of Congress. To date, GPS data collection has been completed at 24 of the 32 NPS units that include these fortifications.

For additional information please contact John Knoerl at (202) 354.2141 or

Fort DeRussy and Vicinity Rock Creek Park. Preliminary map of surveyed resources.

Fort DeRussy and Vicinity Rock Creek Park. Preliminary map of surveyed resources.